A Historic Look at Millville, NJ

The workers' comp lawyers in Millville, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group would like to share some interesting facts and features about the community.


The city of Millville is situated in the central region of Cumberland County, in the state of New Jersey. It takes up 28,480 acres, of which 5.62% or 1,600 acres is water, such as Union Lake, Maurice River, White Marsh Run, and Buckshutem Creek. Some communities that share a border with the city are Deerfield, South Vineland, Cumberland, Fairfield, Laurel Lake, and Carmel. 


In the early days of the community around 1720, it was home to Leaming's Mill, which had a sawmill known as Shingle Landing. Henry Drinker and Joseph Smith purchased 24,000 acres in 1790, and this area was referred to as the Union Mills Tract. They established the lumber mill, Union Estates Company, on the Maurice River. They constructed a dam on the river to power the mill. An American Revolutionary War veteran, Joseph Buck, bought land in the area and surveyed the plans for the neighborhood development in 1795. Buck served under General George Washington during the war.

Some of the influential businesses that resided in the city included:

  • 1806 - a glass factory - owned by James Lee, an Irish immigrant
  • the early 1850s - the Smith and Wood Iron Foundry and New Jersey Mills - David Wood aided in the construction of the dam that powered the mill
  • 1936 - Roosevelt Park - an elderly housing development 
  • 1941 - the Millville Airport 

Historical Landmark

The Millville Army Air Field opened in January of 1943 as a gunnery school for fighter pilots. In the beginning, training was with Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft but changed over to the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt after a few weeks. The school was open for three years and served both soldiers and civilians, with approximately 1,500 pilots receiving fighter training. 

The airfield shut down after World War II ended due to government budget restraints. Many of the buildings were transitioned into apartments, but they were removed by the early 1970s and replaced as an aviation and industry hub. 

Today, a museum seeks to honor the history and share the importance the airport had on the country. It is home to the Millville Army Air Field Museum and Air Show as well. 


The city is home to 28,400 residents who help make up the 10,648 households and 7,187 families as of 2010. This was an increase of 5.8% from 26,847 counted in 2000. The racial breakdown of the residents included: 

  • 69.04% white
  • 19.83% African American
  • 14.93% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.94% Native American
  • 1.19% Asian
  • 0.06% Pacific Islander
  • 5.24% other races
  • 3.70% two or more races

The neighborhood income median was $44,925 in 2010, up from $40,378 in 2000. Men on average made $46,186 per year, while women brought in an average of $35,336. Some of the more popular occupations held by the employed townspeople included:

  • 13.8% sales
  • 10.5% administrative
  • 7.7% production
  • 7.0% education
  • 5.9% material moving
  • 5.3% management

Keep reading: A Quick History of Deerfield, NJ

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